El Cantante (2006)

LEON ICHASO Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.    USA, 2006.  Nuyorican Productions, R-Caro Productions.   Story by David Darmstaeder, Todd Bello, Screenplay by Leon Ichaso, David Darmstaeder, Todd Bello.   Cinematography by Claudio Chea.   Produced by Julio Caro, Simon Fields, Jennifer Lopez, David Maldonado.  Music by Willie Colón, Andres Levin.   Production Design by Sharon Lomofsky.   Costume…

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9 Star Hotel (2006)

IDO HAAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Malon 9 Kochavim Israel, 2006.   Cinematography by Uri Ackerman.   Produced by Edna Kowarsky, Elinor Kowarsky.  Film Editing by Ido Haar. Documentary filmmaker Ido Haar takes his cameras to Modi’in, Israel, where he grew up and where his parents still live, which at the time he filmed…

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Eye on the Guy: Alan B. Stone & the Age of Beefcake (2006)

PHILIP LEWIS, JEAN-FRANCOIS MONETTE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Canada, 2006.  Amérimage-Spectra, Canal D, Chum Television.  Screenplay by Ross Higgins, Philip Lewis, Jean-François Monette.  Cinematography by Étienne Boilard, Peter S. Kreiger, Michael Wees.  Produced by Lisa Cochrane, Alain Simard, Pierre Touchette.  Music by Jeff Johnston.  Film Editing by Barbara Brown. Short but potent documentary…

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

GABRIELE MUCCINO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2006.  Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Overbrook Entertainment, Escape Artists.  Screenplay by Steve Conrad.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, James Lassiter, Will Smith, Steve Tisch.  Music by Andrea Guerra.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing…

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Belle Toujours (2006)

MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   Portugal/France, 2006.  Filbox Produções, Les Films d’Ici, Instituto do Cinema, Audiovisual e Multimédia, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Radiotelevisão Portuguesa.  Screenplay by Manoel de Oliveira.  Cinematography by Sabine Lancelin.  Produced by Miguel Cadilhe.  Music by Lawrence Foster.  Production Design by Christian Marti.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Valerie Loiseleux.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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Go Go G-Boys (2006)

JONG-JONG YU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   Original title:  Dang wo men tong zai yi qi Taiwan, 2006.  Times Entertainment, Sky Digi Entertainment.  Cinematography by Yi-Mao Su. Incomprehensible nonsense about a young man who needs money to pay off his girlfriend’s debts.  He sees the perfect opportunity in a reality TV beauty and music contest for gay men…

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John Tucker Must Die (2006)

BETTY THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Canada, 2006.  Twentieth Century Fox, Landscape Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Major Studio Partners, John US Productions.  Screenplay by Jeff Lowell.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Michael Birnbaum, Bob Cooper.  Music by Richard Gibbs.  Production Design by Marcia Hinds.  Costume Design by Alexander Welker.  Film Editing by Matt Friedman. Charming comedy veers into lowbrow foolishness…

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The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

JUSTIN LIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, MP Munich Pape Filmproductions.  Screenplay by Chris Morgan.  Cinematography by Stephen F. Windon.  Produced by Neal H. Moritz.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hayes.  Film Editing by Kelly Matsumoto, Dallas Puett, Fred Raskin.   Lucas Black has gotten into trouble for…

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Climates (2006)

NURI BILGE CEYLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Iklimler Turkey/France, 2006.  Pyramide Films, Co Production, Imaj, NBC Film.  Screenplay by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.  Cinematography by Gokhan Tiryaki.  Produced by Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan.  Film Editing by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ayhan Ergürsel.  Cannes Film Festival 2006.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006. Nuri Bilge Ceylan shoots in digital for the first time and the images are…

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Lights In The Dusk (2006)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Laitakaupungin valot Finland/Germany/France, 2006.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Melrose.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Outi Harjupatana.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cannes Film Festival 2006.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.  Aki Kaurismaki goes for film noir in this gorgeously shot piece, played in a minor…

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Private Fears In Public Places (2006)

ALAIN RESNAIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Coeurs France/Italy, 2006.  Soudaine Compagnie, StudioCanal, France 2 Cinema, Societe Francaise de Production, BIM Distribuzione, Banque Populaire Images 6, Canal+, TPS Star, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Eurimages, Region Ile-de-France.  Screenplay by Jean-Michel Ribes, based on the play by Alan Ayckbourn.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Bruno Pesery.  Music by Mark Snow.  Production Design…

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In Paris (Dans Paris) (2006)

CHRISTOPHE HONORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France/Portugal, 2006.  Gemini Films, Clap Filmes, Centre National de la Cinématographie, CinéCinéma, Canal+, Cofinova 2.  Screenplay by Christophe Honore.  Cinematography by Jean-Louis Vialard.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Music by Alex Beaupain.  Production Design by Samuel Deshors.  Costume Design by Pierre Canitrot.  Film Editing by Chantal Hymans. It’s a glamorous life when you are Louis Garrel, your brother…

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